Hamilton Island Accommodation
, Nov 10 2012 09:56 AM
10 replies to this topic
Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:56 AM
DH and I are possibly going to Hamilton Island in August 2013 for a family wedding. We're starting to think about budget and whether it's within our means to go so I'm interested at looking at accommodation options. I did start looking but there are so many options and I thought I'd come here to ask for some personal recommendations as a starting point.
FWIW it will just be DH and I going, if we do go.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
It's beautiful if you can go you'll enjoy it. I got married there and a great time was had by all
Basically there are two options: a hotel room/bungalow through the resort or renting out a private apartment. It's important to factor in buggy hire with the resort accommodation, buggies are included in private rentals. Buggy hire is not cheap, and you really do need one to "do" hamo at its best. There are buses but buggying around is a lot of fun.
The cheapest option our guests found was to get a group of 4-6 and share an apartment. Some are able to hold up to 10. Have a browse around www.hamiltonislandaccomodation.info or www.hamorent.com.au for some options.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:16 AM
Thanks L&E! If we go it'll be just us and we want to make a point of it being "just us" if that makes sense? So no group bookings ;-)
I'll have a look at those links.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:40 AM
We stayed at the Whitsunday Apartments and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. At the time we got an amazing breakfast included every day, but I don't know if they do that anymore... it's worth checking out though.
We were looking at the bungalows as they were a bit cheaper, but when we got there I was glad we had decided on the apartment.
We found the shuttle buses OK to get around. A buggy would have been more convenient but they were $80 a day, the free bus service was a much cheaper option.
Also, go to a travel agent and see what they can do. I was surprised how much cheaper they could do things for than what I could get online.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:31 PM
Can anyone throw some names of travel agents at me? I'm looking online and know of Harvey World Travel but the names of other escape me!
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:41 PM
We've been to Hamilton Island twice, once pre kids and then once as a family group-4 adults and a toddler. 1st time we stayed at Reef View Hotel in one of their nicer rooms. Used the bus service, didn't even consider hiring a buggy. There's not really any need. Second time we state in a lovely private rental. Accommodation was great, view excellent and because we weren't near the resort facilities it was great to have the buggy.
You will have a great time if you're able to go.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:06 PM
I always check out trip advisor first for reviews...http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels-g2550...and-Hotels.html
There are family reviews, couple reviews and so on, so you get a general feel. Some reviews, people complain about everything but after reading it for a while you get the hang of it.
Have done Hamilton Island once and can't remember the name of the Hotel, it was a big-ish one and was fine. We hired a buggy once to do a treasure hunt type of game/day but never bothered for the rest of our time.
Did a yacht cruise that involved a bbq on a beach and then onto another beach/island for a game of cricket.
I do remember the local grocery store being super expensive so take along all your own yummy snacks.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:06 PM
We used Flight Centre.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:09 PM
I also use Flight Centre for most trips. I always look at the online prices first and then ring Flight Centre....they will always price match.
Also, check out Wotif.com
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:12 PM
I am lucky enough to be getting married there in June 2013. As a guest you should be entitled to 10% off accommodation at Beach Club, Reef View, Palm Bungalows and qualia. If you are not taking your kids I would personally stay at Beach Club. http://www.hamiltonislandweddings.com.au/d...icle&ID=397
Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:48 AM
If you want to go all out stay at the Beach Club.
For a 'nice' hotel for a reasonable price I would recommend the Reef Hotel. We stayed at the Whitsunday Apartments but had two children with us, I see the apartments as more family friendly.
A Buggy isn't necessary for the whole time. We hired a buggy only for 1 day/night and used the shuttle for the rest of the time.
Try and get a deal with Breakfast included. We found eating out to be very expensive for lunch and dinners. Shopping on the island is very expensive, if I were to go again I would take some alcohol and snack foods with us rather than having to shop for everything there. For lunches on a few of our days there we sat in the lounge at the Reef View and ordered from their room service menu. A little cheaper and a lot quieter than the restaurants that tended to be teeming with children.
We didn't go through a Travel Agent. I booked flights direct online and phoned the hotels and negotiated a price, don't accept the first price you are given.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
Deciding how many toys you want to keep and enforcing a limit can help manage the sheer volume of playthings.
'Anything is possible if you put your mind to it' might just be the motto of 86 year-old retiree, Ed Moseley who despite his age and abilities has been gifting handmade knitted caps to premature babies.
If you read about children's health, you've heard a lot of this before.
Life can be full of surprises, but for this couple a surprise came in a very unexpected way.
A 10-month-old baby has been exposed to significant levels of toxic chemicals around a RAAF base near Newcastle, say his parents.
An early childhood teacher has been censured for serious misconduct after she threatened the mother of a young child.
Scotland, the wind and water-hewn land of the loch, the kilt and the heather. Bedecked in castles great and small, there are many Australians with Scottish heritage who could look to that fair country for baby name inspiration.
The Give Me Space campaign is collecting stories from mums who have had difficult experiences while trying to find safe parking.
If you want to take a leaf out of Clare's book in gender neutral parenting, her advice is simple: "Follow the children's lead, and you can't go wrong."
Since becoming a mother I sometimes wonder what would happen to my babies if their dad and I both died.
It's worth looking a little more closely at some common parenting missteps. Could it be these mums and dads are really just like you and me?
If your partner is heading to the delivery room any time soon, you've got to see Ryan Reynolds' video on dealing with the intricacies of the delivery room.
Having her first baby at 16 was a shock for Simone Miller, but it's not something she regrets.
Usually Valerie Sharp's plan to put her granddaughter into her cot works just fine, but when things go wrong it is hilarious.
This is a stage, and you and she will move through it. I can (almost) promise it.
Oh watch out folks, Cotton On KIDS' baby range has just become even cuter with the release of its first ever prewalker shoe collection.
My twins are heading towards three and have officially entered the superhero phase. It happened almost overnight.
My best friend and I had children within a year of each other. She thinks her child is God's gift to the world.
Motherhood burns you down, but it rebuilds you too.
Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing ways because there is no agreed format on how this information should be presented.
We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride
Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.
There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.
A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.
Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.
This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.
The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.
Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.